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Christchurch Staff

Nick Burrow – Supervisory Tutor / Exercise Prescription Tutor

Nick After 6 years completing bachelors and masters degrees in the US, Nick went on to work with both collegiate and professional athletes in various sports. He is a certified exercise physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine and a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Nick brings the latest exercise science and conditioning knowledge and principles to ensure that students are receiving high quality academic and practical information. Nick was involved in athletics where he was a multiple NZ champion, US collegiate champion, and has represented NZ.

Specialist Areas: Sports strength & conditioning, exercise physiology, exercise metabolism.


  • Masters degree in Science
  • Bachelors degree in Exercise Physiology
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)

Stuart Murray – National Academic Manager / Diploma Advanced Sports Management and Exercise Prescription Tutor

Stuart arrived from the UK in November 2007 where he taught for eight years in a large tertiary college in Gloucestershire on sports management and business management courses. Combining his educational responsibilities, Stuart worked alongside players and coaches at premiership rugby team Gloucester Rugby, looking at the training methods and nutritional requirements of professional players. He has been responsible for the physical preparation of applicants for military and emergency service fitness entry tests. He became involved with the Army Cadet Force and an adult instructor, organising and leading outdoor activities and expeditions taking young adults out of their comfort zones. Stuart has a passion for sport and a passion to encourage others to achieve by pushing them to aim high and believe in themselves.

Specialist Areas: Sports Management and Marketing, Teamwork, Leadership and Sports Coaching.

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (Business and Recreation studies)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education

Craig Wilson – Exercise Prescription Tutor

Craig has over 10 years of experience in the education sector as a teacher and coach. After two years working as a teaching assistant and cricket professional in a top English public school, he spent three years in Japan teaching English and eventually managing a number of schools. Craig is an avid sportsman with particular interest in basketball, cricket, rugby and lawn bowls, and has played all of these at a representative level. His passion is applying the principles of nutrition and physiology to individual athletes, enabling them to reach their potential.

Specialist Areas: Anatomy and Physiology, Nutrition, Injury Rehabilitation, biomechanical analysis (both postural and dynamic), coaching (basketball and cricket).

  • Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science

Rohan Dewa – SportsZone Course Leader

Rohan has been working in the education sector since 1998, working with young people and helping them achieve their potential. He’s been at NZIS since 2003 as the Sportszone Team Leader in Christchurch working with young foundation students.

Specialist Areas: Adventure based learning and outdoor education.

  • Master of Science  in Marine Biology
  • Bachelor of Science

Rebecca Logan – Sports Studies Tutor, Student Guidance and Support Person

Rebecca is a former NZIS student who graduated in 2006. Upon graduating at NZIS Rebecca worked as a PT and was involved in designing and implementing antenatal and postnatal courses and working with clients with different needs such as elderly and injury rehab clients.

Rebecca returned to NZIS as a Tutor at the start of 2011 following her OE in London. While in London she worked at a Special Needs High School as an Exercise Therapist- working with teenagers who had physical, social and learning difficulties.

Her strength is in inclusive education and adaptive, inclusive physical activity.

Specialist Teaching Areas: Special Populations

  • Level 5 Advanced Diploma Exercise Prescription
  • Level 4 Certificate Sports Management and Exercise Prescription
  • Certificate Autism and Play
  • Team Teach Qualified
  • Certificate in Postnatal and Antenatal training
  • Certificate in Adult Education (Teaching)
Interests: Playing Football, travelling and keeping fit.

Stephen Ede – Sport, Teaching and Coaching Tutor

After previously working in the advertising industry, Stephen finished a Sport Coaching degree in 2007. He then started work teaching an ABL course for at risk youth. After 3 years in ABL Stephen made the move into teaching applied sport which involved sport coaching and gym instruction elements. Stephen enjoys kickboxing and coaching basketball at both school and representative level. He has played representative basketball for Mid-Canterbury, and was a junior rep in rugby and cricket. He has also rowed for the Cure rowing club. Stephen is passionate about helping others develop themselves and achieve their goals.

Specialist Areas: Sport Psychology, Sport Coaching, Communication, Sport Marketing

  • Bachelor of Sport Coaching
  • Certificate in Adult Education

Rrita Xharra – Site Administrator

Rrita has been at NZIS since 2005 as the Site Administrator and has undertaken the role of Financial Controller for Platinum Sport. Originally from Kosovo, Rrita has been in NZ since 1995. While in NZ she has developed an interest in diving, fishing and snorkeling, and she loves to travel.

  • BA (First Class Hons) (Anthropology & Development Studies)
  • Diploma in Business (in progress)
  • MYOB training

Olivia Williams – Marketing and Student Liaison

Olivia studied at NZIS in 2013/14 to get her Advanced Diploma in Exercise Prescription and just finished her Degree in Applied Science through the Open Polytechnic. She has been a personal trainer for 3 years and plays squash competitively as well as doing regular gym workouts.


  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Level 5 Diploma in Exercise Prescription and Sport Management
  • Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Exercise Prescription